Disaster preparedness is something we tend to put off thinking about, until there’s a disaster! The CVMA’s Disaster Response Program works to be prepared at all times, so when a disaster strikes, veterinary care is provided for the animals in its path. The Disaster Response Program is a network of volunteer veterinarians and RVTs throughout California who generously provide veterinary care to animals during disasters.
The CVMA is calling on members to serve the profession and their communities by volunteering as Veterinary Disaster Response Coordinators (VDRC) in areas where there are vacancies. Fires, earthquakes, and floods affect human lives and property, but also the welfare of pets and livestock.
Providing veterinary care for animals includes planning for:
- Hospitalization of sick or injured animals
- Medical supplies like bandages and medications in reserve.
As well as working with:
- Members of your local disaster response agencies
- Colleagues and associates you can count on to help
Practicing disaster preparedness is important at home and at work. The CVMA has information on animal preparedness online and in brochures
funded by the California Veterinary Medical Foundation
. For more information on volunteering or to obtain disaster preparation brochures, contact Laura Phillips at 800.655.2862 or [email protected]